- Jan 13, 2020
I am intrigued by these pickups. I just got a 59/09 covered on Reverb for my McCarty Korina but thought twice about the \m/ especially from this awesome review on Sweetwater (go there to read the whole thing, it's a very in depth review comparing all kinds of pickups including ones you mentioned - it's the 2nd review).
"I would describe it as a 57/08 and 59/09 having a baby that is an out of control fire breathing godly monster. It has all the clarity of a 57/08. slightly more scooped like the 59/09 and output and depth that trumps the Dragon I. The output is strong enough for metal heads but not so strong to where they are too much for people like me who prefered medium output humbuckers for metal. This has that modern sound that we strive for, power and clarity. They are clearer than my 59/09s which is what they replaced. I liked everything about the 59/09 and prefered over all the pickups I have tried, I am keen on versatility. I hate a pickup that can only to one thing. The \M/ pickup took my love for the 59/09 nd made my guitar easy to play with it's amazing clarity, extra output, and amazing harmonics.
This pickup covers all music, the name does not do it justice. I place light rock to over the top metal, thsi is the greatest pickup I have every played, It makes playing easier!"
Yea I read that review a few days ago, it was really helpful. I've basically combed the entire internet and YouTube at this point for any info on the Metal pickups and I still don't have a solid idea of what they may sound like. They definitely have a nice clean chiminess to them especially under gain, but that's all PRS pickups IMO. I've also looked at vids of the Custom 24 Floyd since they come stock in those and that's given me a little bit of an idea of how they sound.
I am still kind of torn though. I'm sort of leaning a little towards Dimarzio Super Distortions at this point since I know they've been used on so many great albums, but would really like to give the \M/ bridge a go. And after re-watching some of the vids below, I can see their \M/ pickups versatility and how they actually match a lot of those Dimarzio sounds.
These are some of the videos I've found of them in action. This first video may actually be the best representation of them I've found on the internet in terms of more 80s rock/metal sounds. In the second vid around 8:30 he refers to them as medium output pickups and they have really good cleans on them.